Sachedina/CTV News Journalism Fellowship

Omar Sachedina and CTV News are launching a new fellowship for up-and-coming journalists looking to jumpstart their career in news. The fellowship is administered by RTDNF Canada. Read on to find out how to apply and what the fellowship would look like.

If selected as a Sachedina/CTV News Fellow, you will receive $10,000 to complete an original piece of journalism. Half of the award ($5,000) will be awarded upon selection, with the remainder granted upon completion of the project.

As part of the Fellowship, you will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the topic through previous work and ongoing sourcing, and produce a substantial and original piece of reporting within six (6) months of being selected. This project should reflect a subject or theme that makes a difference to Canada and the people who reside here.

You will have access to expertise and resources at the University of Toronto’s Massey College. Specifically, Massey College will:

Your work may also be published on (a) CTV News platform(s), with the input of journalists on staff. CTV News retains the first publication rights of material created as a result of the Fellowship.

Two Fellows will be selected in the inaugural year (2024), and one Fellow will be chosen annually thereafter.

Important Dates:

STEP 1: Review the Qualifications

STEP 2: Start the Online Process

Start by selecting the fellowship you wish to apply to. Then add your contact information including your e-mail address.

Once you have submitted the information above, sign into the website to complete your application and upload your media files. You may edit your application (as many times as you want) until the submission deadline to either complete or modify your entry.

Please submit the following:

Deadline is Sunday June 30, 2024 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)
All entries must be submitted online.

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STEP 3: Review the Technical Guidelines for permissible Media

Unlike other scholarships, you are not required to send your completed work. However, you may consider sending sample of your stories - digital, audio or video files - that deal with the topic you would like to explore in-depth.

Before you complete your application as outlined in Step 5 below, we recommend that you review the Technical Guidelines in order to prepare the media file (sound or video) that you are required to upload prior to the submission deadline.

STEP 4: Complete your Fellowship Submission and Upload your Media File

Log in to the submissions site using the e-mail address and password which you registered with. Click the "Begin new submission" button to start a new submission, or click the "Edit" link next to an existing submission. On that web page, you will be asked to answer some questions regarding your fellowship submission as well as a description of your entry. Your submissions can be edited until the submission deadline and you can revisit that web page as many times as you want to either complete or modify your entry.

Finally you will be asked to upload your media file. This includes your 60 second video and any sample work you would like to add to your applications.

Should you have any technical questions during this process please use the Help Button located at the bottom of that web page. This will put you in direct contact with our technical staff, who will be pleased to assist.

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